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Nations of Britain Tile


Condition: Very fine
Price: £85 (approx $134)
Stock number: 03802

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Four tiny rim chips and wear to the tip of the top left edge as if filed down for fitting which must have been in to furniture as the tile is so clean and otherwise unworn.


• Style/technique: Aesthetic print
• Manufacturer: Sherwin & Cotton
• Dimensions: 6" x 6"
• Date: Design registered 1880


An early and rather chunky tile from Sherwin & Cotton, super quality and quite heavy biscuit, super quality printing in a good, solid black. The design representing the flowering of the British Isles with a vase giving forth the floral emblems of England, Scotland and Ireland the vase itself carrying the national coat of arms.

Designed for display and fixing offset or diamond-wise although many were not as in the case of traditional furniture and fireplaces.

When displayed for collectors as an individual work of art or as a feature tile set diagonally there is an optical illusion in terms of size the tile looks larger than six inch indeed comparable to an eight inch tile square on. Briefly this is because our eyes scan the horizontal as the primary dimension, the world is horizontal, it soon runs out when one looks up, and our eyes are set side by side rather than one above the other. With this effect offset designs can fill more space whether displayed on a wall or set in to a splashback.

See essentially the same design but treated in a gothic style here.

Verso very clean unmarked save for registration lozenge mark.


The image is full size at 72 dpi (about 430 pixels wide) in maximum quality JPEG format and on screen is about the size as it would be in real life at the same distance. A larger 120 dpi image also in maximum quality JPEG format can be forwarded by email if required.

The image is a little oversize rather than cropped close to the edges so that the edges can easily be seen and any chips etc can be quickly spotted. Other marks described are usually not visible at all when the tile is viewed straight as one normally sees it and can only be seen with a critical eye when the tile is tilted to catch imperfections in reflected light. For more details of how we describe marks see Condition.


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